Kedarknatha being a religious destination is such a popular winter trek with majority of its sightseeing viewpoints has mythological values that it would be absolutely perfect to entitle it as the Queen of Winter Treks. With knee deep snow in winters, and amazing views from the top, the beautiful snow white and easy trails make it popular among trekkers and definitely to the Hindus with deep cultural values.
Kedarkantha is considered to be an easy grade trek appropriate for the beginners and for the people with family. It is less harsh on survival trails through thick pine forests of the famous Govind National Park. The views from the top are so peaceful and beautiful that it is usually the blessing for the eyes and definitely worth climbing to an altitude of 12,500 ft.
The interesting list of things in Kedarkantha
- Crossing the first re-entrant
- Camping beside Juda ka Tal
- Walking with spiked shoes on the snow
- It is always better to start at night on the summit day
- Do not forget to do the “I rule the world” pose
- Run through the snow
- Come on! Let’s build a snowman!
- The Forests
Crossing the first re-entrant
The re-entrant is basically a path between two hills where the rainwater flows. A cool mountain feature though! At first people never realize the importance of this mesmerizing re-entrant, but while passing, it is very important for the visitors to know its importance and should ask the tourist guide to narrate its history.
Camping beside Juda ka Tal
What do you think is a great experience than camping beside a lake with a bone-chilling environment? And a lake as spiritual as Juda ka Tal enhances the experience. This lake is frozen blue in the winters. According to the famous belief people say that Lord Shiva opened his tresses here and the pure water dripped from his hair formed this lake.
Walking with spiked shoes on the snow
During the month of December-February the mountain wears the blanket of snow and it is absolutely mind blowing to walk on the cottony wearing the spiked shoes. It absolutely seems like the snow is welcoming people through its beautiful snow laden path. It is absolutely a mesmerizing experience for the people who have never done this before.
It is always better to start at night on the summit day
It is always better to start trekking at night, because every traveler wants to complete the trekking and come back to their accommodations or camps before the evening because the weather in the mountains becomes unpredictable after the afternoon. It is always safer for travelers to return in the afternoon itself.
Another reason is when the sun starts hitting the snow, gradually it starts to melt, ending up making it slippery.
Do not forget to do the “I rule the world” pose
You are going to get crazy when you will be lucky enough to get the panoramic view from top. The gigantic mountain ranges, the Yamunotri, and Kinner-Kailash stand tall in composure for your welcome as you reach the top. You can also have a glance of Bandarpoonch, Black Peak, Har ki Doon valley, etc. around you. The ‘I rule the world’ pose at the top of the Summit will definitely make a superb profile pic, with stunning views in the background.
Run through the snow
Whether a kid or an adult or an old man, everybody adores playing in the snow, it is impossible to find a person who does not like to play in the snow. Don’t forget to play in the snow, run through and enjoy the snow you are going to encounter once you are going to reach there.
Come on! Let’s build a snowman!
Do you remember the movie “frozen”? In which Anna asks Elsa whether she wants to make a snowman? The exact lines of the song were “Do you wanna build a snowman? Come on let’s go and play!” .It will be a priceless experience for the people in India, as in India there is no snow in the winters excluding the crown region. Playing in the snow, making snowmen out of the snow and throwing it towards one another is a perfect thing you can do during the winters.
The forests in this extended area are least traveled. Apart from the villagers there are hardly few people who visit this stretch. So in a lot of ways, this route has stayed unspoiled. Indeed Unlike the other forests, where the forest looks almost arranged, this stretch of the forest has its wilderness intact. You will feel it strongly the moment you enter it.